YouTube video: My Life and Our Times by Linda Morganstein
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I have just completed a working draft of my creative non-fiction project, NUMINOSITY: My Life And Our Times.
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Linda Morganstein is an award-winning, overeducated fiction writer who happens to be the product of a Borscht Belt childhood in the Jewish hotels of the Catskills. In the seventies, she dropped out of Vassar College and drove a VW van to California, where she lived in Sonoma County for many years. Later, she studied creative writing with Jane Smiley in Iowa. She currently resides in the Twin Cities of Minnesota with her understanding spouse Melanie and her amazing new rescue dog, Courage.
On an ironic note concerning her dropping out of Vassar: It seems that the venerable institution considers a person to be an alumna even if one never graduated. Linda discovered herself listed among the "lost" on the Alumni web site. She is now officially "found." She actually feels cozy and reborn, in the recovering the past department.
THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN MY WORK TO DATE:
I am very honored to have been selected for a juried show featured in the Twin Cites Guerrilla Girls Takeover celebration. My piece, "Miss Oganist," from NUMINOSITY will be a part of the WARM Guerrilla Girls: Feminist Visions exhibit at the Grain Belt House Gallery, running from Feb. 26 to March 12. There's a big party on March 4th, from 7 to 10 pm!
I will be in a show featuring a photo collage from NUMINOSITY: "Where Are They Now? Works by Past Protégées" Bethesda Hospital Gallery Cafe with an opening reception Feb. 5, 2016
NUMINOSITY was selected for a juried show at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, as a graphic work in progress. The show runs from June 9th to July 12th, 2015.
"What Have I Done?" is a digital photo-collage illustration from NUMINOSITY.
I am pleased to have had it selected for "WARM Self Portraits" to be exhibited from September 21, 2015 through November 20, 2015. The exhibit was juried by Jantje Visscher, a nationally renowned sculptor and founding member of WARM.
The opening is September 24, 2015.
GIRLS IN ICE HOUSES, my film script based on my novel, was a quarter-finalist in the American Zoetrope Screenplay contest. Zoetrope is Frances Ford Coppola's studio.
My latest novel, GIRLS IN ICE HOUSES, is now released by Regal Crest, March, 2015.
This is the first novel I've written about Minnesota, my adopted home. I had a fantastic time researching various locals, including the Twin Cities.
Great review by Mary Ann Grossman in the Pioneer Press:
In 'Girls in Ice Houses,' protagonist warms up to Minnesota
By Mary Ann Grossmann
POSTED: 06/07/2015 12:01:00 AM CDT
Don't be fooled by the title of St. Paulite Linda Morganstein's humorous new novel "Girls in Ice Houses" (Regal Crest Books, $16.95). It doesn't refer to winter fishing. It's a riff on people in glass houses throwing stones, which is metaphorically what protagonist Maxie Wolfe does as a papparazo.
Maxie seems to be cold, friendless and ruthless as she fights to become the world's best celebrity photographer by taking invasive and sometimes offensive pictures of stars. One night, Maxie gets into a fight outside a nightclub with female sports agent and chick magnet Fisher Jacobs. Both are arrested and ordered to take anger management classes. As the women, who dislike one another, begin to share their memory books, they start to thaw.
St. Paulite Linda Morganstein's humorous new novel "Girls in Ice Houses."
Realizing Hollywood is not good for either of them, they travel to Minnesota, where Fisher's warm but odd family welcomes Maxie and she begins to rethink her tough persona.
As Maxie becomes acquainted with all things Minnesotan, including the Fitzgerald Theater, the State Fair and going "up north," she reconnects with the father she hasn't seen in years. Morganstein is mining her own life here, because she didn't speak to her father for a couple of decades after he ran off with the dining-room hostess at a Catskill Mountains resort. Morganstein eventually moved him to Minnesota and cared for him until he died.
Maxie also is trying to move beyond taking pictures by juxtaposing images in forms that are fanciful and almost mystical. Her creative efforts are one of the most interesting aspects of the story. Not so good: a scene in which Fisher's mother kills a big buck deer with a bow and arrow for no reason.
In "Girls in Ice Houses" Morganstein's dialogue is snappy and she's charitable to all her characters. Although the two protagonists are lesbians, Morganstein hopes her novel reaches a wide audience.
Morganstein will read and sign books at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center, 1375 St. Paul Ave., St. Paul, in conjunction with the JCC used-book sale from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
The author calls herself "an overeducated fiction writer who's the product of a Borscht Belt childhood in the Jewish hotels of the Catskills." She was surrounded by show-business folks as a child because her handsome dad was maitre d' at fancy hotels. She knew Buddy Hackett, Red Buttons and Totie Fields' daughter.
After winning a scholarship to Vassar College, Morganstein left after two years to drive a VW bus to California, where she fell in love with Sonoma County. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology in California, then studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley at Iowa State University.
Morganstein built a career as an award-wining business/medical writer, videographer and writing consultant while writing short fiction and poetry. She and her partner, Melanie Jaeb, eventually moved to Minnesota to be closer to Jaeb's family. They have been together for more than 20 years and were married in 2013.
Morganstein is the author of three mysteries featuring fitness self-defense instructor Alexis Pope, as well as "My Life With Stella Kane," a novel set in Hollywood in the 1940s.
Her forthcoming creative nonfiction book art project is part of the Raster/Vector/Vexel exhibit at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design that showcases the work of Continuing Education students and instructors in digital photography, digital video, animation, motion graphics and other digital media. An opening reception will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in conjunction with Northern Spark 2015 at MCAD, 15 S. Ninth St., Minneapolis.
Listen to my KQED public radio/NPR reading (from MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE) on the show WRITERS' BLOCK
You can click on the WRITERS' BLOCK icon above or get the podcast through the iTunes store.
T.V. Pilot Scene
A short scene from my t.v. pilot, based on my novel, MY LIFE WITH STELLA KANE, was featured in the WILDSound Festival.